BBQ Shootout

Gothic Town Grillers

Gothic Town Grillers – Overall Top Winners

The 4th annual Madison County BBQ Shootout, hosted by Madison County Chamber of Commerce, was held on the square in town this weekend. Last year, it was held on the first weekend we arrived in Winterset. We were too tired and stressed to attend, so this year was a must!

17 teams of barbeque specialists duked it out in 4 categories. Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Butt and Beef Brisket were smoked, sauced, sliced, and served up to groups of 6 judges in the blind judging competition. We could smell the smoke from our front door a couple of blocks away.

Sunday morning we walked to the square prepared to buy a couple of pounds of smoky meat for that night’s meal and a week’s worth of leftovers. Our mouths watered as we got closer and closer. An irresistible fragrance was drawing us in. We first walked the rows of competitors and took a few pictures. Then we came across the judging hall. A local store front provided the space for the judging area. We weren’t permitted to go inside, but they did allow me to take a couple of pictures at the door.

Then came the moment of truth. We asked the gentleman at the door of the judging hall where we could buy our coveted BBQ.

There are no vendors today. It’s just the competition. The results are at 3 o’clock.

No ‘que for you.

The vendors were selling smoky, savory goodness on Saturday. This was Sunday. Oh, the unbearable cruelty.

We had no choice but to walk home with our heads hanging low. The Crone would have to cook.

At 3 o’clock the awards were given. The top 10 teams overall from the 2013 BBQ Shootout are:

  1. Downhome Cookin’ & BBQ Co. –  Grand Champion – Ron and Dena Milhous, Ames, IA
  2. Gothic Town Grillers – Reserve Grand Champion – Randy Kern, Eldon, IA
  3. No Label BBQ – Council Bluffs, IA
  4. Snyder’s BBQ – Charlie Larson, Lakeside, IA
  5. Iowa State Grill Team – Dave Kuhn, Huxley, IA
  6. Woo Hoo BBQ – Rich Sharpe, Truro, IA
  7. Game On BBQ – Jim Meyer, Whitten, IA
  8. Fat Back BBQ – Al Friedman, Des Moines, IA
  9. Slim D’s BBQ – Larry Dietrich, Ankeny, IA
  10. 2 Shay BBQ – Roby Shay, Urbandale, IA

Congratulations to all!

If you are on this list and have a web site or contact information, let me know and I’ll link you up.


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